Tennessee Democratic lawmakers are celebrating a recent ruling that could allow universal absentee voting in the state. And they are pushing back against Republicans claiming the judge is legislating from the bench.
Thousands of people filled Nashville’s streets Thursday for a peaceful protest against police brutality. Almost all of them were teens.
This means the fight over school vouchers will proceed in the Court of Appeals, and the state will be unable to process voucher applications or make any awards for the time being.
Nashville could become the host city of the Republican National Convention this year. Gov. Bill Lee confirmed on Tuesday a Politico story that mentioned GOP leaders will be touring the city on Thursday to scout potential facilities.
Tennessee is sending about 1,000 National Guardsmen to Washington, D.C., to assist in the protests. The nation’s capital has seen rioting as well as peaceful demonstrations against police brutality.
Impassioned speeches against systemic racism were given Monday afternoon in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Members of the Black Caucus pleaded their cause to their colleagues, two days after a peaceful rally downtown turned violent.
“Put your shields down.” Those were the words that over a hundred demonstrators chanted Monday night on the steps of the Capitol, as part of the Vigil for Black Lives.
The Tennessee General Assembly is facing one of its biggest budgetary challenges ever. Sales tax revenue is down dramatically meaning more reductions to the state’s spending plan. WPLN’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán has been talking to lawmakers to get a better sense of what’s likely to be cut.
Several thousand people gathered in downtown Nashville on Saturday afternoon for what started as a peaceful demonstration, but that later shifted into violence and vandalism.
A peaceful “I Will Breathe” rally, which drew thousands of people at War Memorial Plaza, eventually turned destructive as the hours wore on Saturday. Pockets of protesters smashed cars and police used tear gas to disperse some who vandalized Nashville’s City Hall. Police say the area was mostly cleared by about 10:45 p.m.